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Simple Date Night Shrimp Scampi

Enjoy a romantic evening at home with our easy-to-make shrimp scampi! A delicious and effortless recipe to impress that special someone, made with simple grocery store ingredients.

Shrimp scampi over linguine


  • 8 oz linguine or spaghetti

  • 1 lb large shrimp, peeled and deveined

  • 4 tbsp unsalted butter

  • 4 tbsp olive oil, divided

  • 6 garlic cloves, minced

  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes (optional for a little heat)

  • 1/4 cup white wine (or chicken broth)

  • Juice of 1 lemon

  • Zest of 1 lemon

  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped

  • Salt and pepper, to taste

  • Grated Parmesan cheese (optional for serving)


  1. Prepare the Pasta: In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook the pasta according to package instructions until al dente. Drain and set aside.

  2. Cook the Shrimp: While the pasta is cooking, heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add shrimp to the skillet in a single layer, seasoning with salt and pepper. Cook until the shrimp turn pink on the bottom side, about 2 minutes. Flip the shrimp over and cook until they are pink on both sides, about 1-2 minutes more. Transfer shrimp to a plate and set aside.

  3. Garlic and Red Pepper Flakes: In the same skillet, add the butter and remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Once the butter has melted, add the minced garlic and red pepper flakes. Sauté until the garlic is aromatic but not browned, about 1 minute.

  4. Add Wine and Lemon: Pour in the white wine (or chicken broth) and bring to a simmer. Let the wine reduce by half, about 2-3 minutes. Stir in the lemon juice and zest.

  5. Combine Shrimp and Pasta: Return the cooked shrimp back to the skillet. Then, add the cooked pasta and parsley, tossing to combine. If the mixture seems too dry, you can add a splash of reserved pasta water or a bit more olive oil.

  6. Serve: Transfer the shrimp scampi to plates or a serving dish. If desired, sprinkle with grated Parmesan cheese. Serve immediately and enjoy your romantic dinner!


  • If you prefer a spicier kick, feel free to increase the amount of red pepper flakes.

  • Pair with a glass of white wine and a side salad for a complete date night meal.

We hope this dish brings joy and romance to your evening! If you loved this recipe, don’t forget to share with your friends and family. Happy cooking!

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